Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Sandy Springs author to speak at MJCCA’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host its Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony April 28, featuring the Sandy Springs author of a book recounting the infamous MS St. Louis incident. The MJCCA each year hosts a free, community-wide event to commemorate Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, it will be held April 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden in Dunwoody at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Pamela Sampson, who lives in Sandy Springs and is an editor for the Associated Press, will be the guest speaker, a press...

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Construction of Perimeter Center office tower could begin this year

The developer of a planned 26-story office tower that has been in the works for years as part of Sandy Springs’ Northpark Town Center complex has put out the call for tenants and says construction could begin this fall. The 450,000-square-foot office building, called Northpark 700, would be the fourth in the development located on Abernathy Road near the Dunwoody border. The building would be located on the northeast side of the complex at the intersection of North Park Place and Mount Vernon Highway. Hines, the development company, hopes to start construction in the fall this year, but wants...

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Food Truck Thursdays returns May 2 to Dunwoody

Celebrate Dunwoody’s 10th anniversary at the first Food Truck Thursdays event of the summer beginning at 5 p.m. at Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road. The city of Dunwoody and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association sponsor Food Truck Thursdays throughout the summer. Tribute, an Allman Brothers Band cover band, will be playing live music.  ...

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Dunwoody eyes clipping fuse on firework hours

Shooting off bottle rockets or Roman candles in the city of Dunwoody will soon be restricted to shorter hours following the passage of a 2018 state law. The City Council considered on first read at its April 22 meeting to amend its noise ordinance to restrict the exploding of consumer fireworks to the hours between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., except on certain holidays designated by the state. The second and final read of the ordinance is slated for May 6. Those holidays given exceptions by state law are Jan. 1, the last Saturday and Sunday in May, July...

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Atlanta might tighten its smoking ban; Perimeter Center cities not changing rules for now

A tighter anti-smoking ordinance that would ban lighting up within nearly all bars and restaurants is under consideration by the Atlanta City Council. One health organization backing the move says it’s intended to inspire similar laws statewide, but Perimeter Center cities say they aren’t changing their codes for now. “I would fully expect that after Atlanta passes its ordinance, more [cities] will,” said Andy Freeman, the Georgia government relations director for the Cancer Action Network, a lobbying affiliate of the American Cancer Society. A landmark state law in 2005, the Smokefree Air Act, largely banned indoor smoking in Georgia’s...

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Dunwoody’s Roberts Drive sidewalks project begins April 22

Sidewalk crews will begin right-of-way improvements on the Roberts Drive corridor in Dunwoody beginning Monday morning, April 22. Now that utility re-location and clearing has progressed, the city’s contractor will begin installing new sidewalks and storm drainage beginning near Wyntercreek Road and working north on Roberts Drive, according to a city press release. These improvements will be completed in time for the new Austin Elementary School opening in January 2020.  Visit the project’s webpage for more details. The sidewalks are part of a $1.35 million intersection improvement project that includes adding a new traffic light at the school’s main...

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Tickets on sale for Dunwoody Nature Center’s ‘Monarchs & Margaritas & Mules’ fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual Monarchs & Margaritas and Mules fundraiser set for April 27 at the Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive. The upscale casual party is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features food from the Brooklyn Café and, of course, Moscow Mules to wash it all down. Margaritas will also be on tap. The event includes a live band and a silent auction and other activities and games, including the popular luxury vacation raffle. Individual tickets are $100. Click here for more information. All proceeds from the event will benefit the...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through April 28

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closures April 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 26-28, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 25-27, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures April 20-21, southbound between Abernathy Road and Mount Vernon Highway, three...

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Dunwoody Reporter announces sponsorship of Fourth of July Parade

The Dunwoody Reporter will be a new presenting sponsor of the 2019 Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade, joining the Dunwoody Homeowners Association as a top supporter of one of Georgia’s largest Independence Day celebrations. “We’re delighted to be a part of this great Dunwoody tradition and join with so many volunteers and community groups who make the parade a success,” said Steve Levene, publisher of the Dunwoody Reporter and Reporter Newspapers. “Thank you to the Reporter Newspapers for carrying on the essential media support for the Dunwoody Fourth of July parade,” said parade co-chair Pam Tallmadge, who also serves...

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Owner of Sandy Springs’ Breadwinner Café says he will open restaurant in Dunwoody

The owners of Sandy Springs’ popular Breadwinner Café & Bakery says they are expanding into neighboring Dunwoody with plans to open a restaurant in the former location of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe. Breadwinner Café & Bakery co-owner Geoff Melkonian made the announcement via Facebook April 19 with the tease, “Hello, Dunwoody!! Let’s get Loafed and Ladled! We’ll see you late summer 2019! #rumorsaretrue #BreadwinnerDunwoody” In an interview, Melkonian, who owns Breadwinner Cafe with his wife, Katie, said the opening date for the new restaurant is currently planned for around Labor Day weekend. The new restaurant will be called the...

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300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project

The state’s plan to build toll lanes on the top end of I-285 could impact a minimum of 300 properties all along the corridor, ranging from construction easements to full land takings, according to city of Brookhaven officials. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and City Councilmember Linley Jones said they learned the number April 16 after meeting with a Georgia Department of Transportation official. Not all the properties are located in Brookhaven, they said at an April 18 community meeting at Brookhaven City Hall with roughly 50 people attending. They also said they did not know how many Brookhaven properties...

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Dunwoody Police arrest 24 suspects in retail operation

Dunwoody Police say they arrested 24 suspects and recovered more than $6,000 in stolen merchandise as part of a two-day operation at local retail stores. The police operation took place April 16 and 17 in the Perimeter Mall area and was done in cooperation with the Georgia Retailers Organized Crime Alliance, an organization that seeks to bring together the state’s retail industry with law enforcement to reduce retail crime, according to Sgt. Robert Parsons. Dunwoody officers worked with the organization in an “intense and focused” operation that netted the arrests of 21 adults and three juveniles. They were charged...

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